Depression affects nearly 15 million Americans annually. Depression is classified as feeling sad, unhappy or miserable for an extended period of time. There are different types of depressive disorders that fall under the umbrella of depression. There is major depression, dysthymic disorder, minor depression and bipolar disorder.
- Major depression is a combination of symptoms that interfere with daily life; it is disabling and prevents an individual from functioning normally. For example, the ability to work, sleep, eat or enjoy pleasurable activities.
- Dysthymic disorder is characterized by long-term symptoms. This is not disabling but it can prevent normal functioning or feeling well.
- Minor depression is characterized by having symptoms for two weeks or longer that don’t meet the full criteria of major depression.
- Bipolar disorder also referred to as manic-depressive illness. It is characterized by cycling mood changes from extreme highs to extreme lows.
Depression is a common but serious illness. If you feel that you or someone you know may be experiencing depression, please seek help. FirstHealth Behavioral Services offers a wide range of treatment and counseling services. Depression, in most cases, can be controlled with proper support.
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